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is happening in northe virginia on roads. >> water main break at tysons corner. sarah simmons is live. >> reporter: it's a 20-inch water main break. this happened at about 3:00 this morning. the water is shut off. and you can see the massive crater left behind. this is 123 norbound between international drive and the beltway. at this point theyare still trying to figure out if the road is safe. they are hoping they can get one lane open on the northbound side, otherwise this will be a while. the road has buckled. they say it could be eight pl hours or maybe even all day or possibly more to get the road fixed and driveable once again. v-dot is telling us this was due to a construction crew overnight that was working here on a hot lane project and they were boring underneath the surface to install piping for the project and that is when the break occurred. now falls church water authority have been out here as well. they shut off the water and are saying there are a few outages and mostly in tysons corner. you might have water but at a low pressure. it will be a traffic nightmare. 123 s
morning, virginia. heading eastbound, plus five minutes if you are making a trip between 50 and 123. that's congestion. 495 in virginia. finding lanes wide open and incident free from the wilson bridge to the american legion. over to you. >>> at the top of the hour, we focus on campaign 2010 in maryland. and the free state's governor is going for a second term. today martin o'malley will make it official he is running for re-election. he will kick off his campaign this morning in baltimore. governor o'malley and lieutenant governor an anthony brown will visit largo, rockville and war dorff later in the day. >> reporter: polls show eave o'malley with a slight lead over ehrlich. >>> governor o'malley is telling state lawmakers they did a good job trying to lure grum drum to the free state, but the defense contractor is moving its headquarters to virginia instead. new this morning, official word from the company. kristin fisher is live in arlington with the story. >> reporter: good morning, andrea, both virginia and maryland have been courting northrop grumman ever since last january when th
tomorrow. same time, same channel. an update on the tragic mine explosion in west virginia, the deadliest u.s. mining disaster in 26 years, 25 miners dead, four still missing, screen left, you see the microphones set up for the morning briefing, we expect that within the hour, good morning, everybody, that's where we start, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom" and welcome back to martha. martha: good morning to you, good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum and this massive explosion ripping through what is known as the upper big branch mine and it happened during a shift change yesterday. we're just learning that this mine had six violations , dealing with ventilation issues alone, just this year. that is since january. last year, the mine faced 48 what are called unwarrantable failure orders which are considered quite serious. among the dead in yesterday's blast, and we're learning all of these individual stories now as it comes to light, in one situation, three members of the same family, an uncle and two of his nephews who were all working together were found in close pr
are coming to virginia thanks to a deal worked out between the state and a huge defense contractor. governor bob mcdonnell announced the plan for northrup grumman to move its headquarters here. >> reporter: northrup grumman plans to open its new headquarters in the summer of 2011 in arlington or fair view park area, fairfax county, near falls church. exact location will be revealed in about the next 30 days but the big news it was delivered today at a news conference in rosslyn. >> thanks so much. >> just as -- >> reporter: governor mcdonnell presented northrup grumman's ceo p virginia stock to celebrate news one of the world's largest defense contractors would move its corporate head quarters from california to northern virginia. northrup grumman chose virginia after a competition with maryland and the district. >> it was difficult to come down to our final selection. but in that final selection, northern virginia was the winner. >> reporter: economic considerations and available real estate were deciding factors. virginia also offered $12 million and $15 million in incentives to lure the c
virginia community koeps with tragedy. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. drilling began late tuesday and continues at this hour to save those four trapped men. prettiers are working to clear enough poisonous gas from the upper big branch mine in west virginia to help rescue workers begin entering and searching. investigators believe an accumulation of the gas may have contributed to the blast. it killed at least 25 miners, making it the worst u.s. mining accident in more than two decades. crews have been drilling holes into the mine in an effort to vent methane. we begin our coverage with steve handelsman. he is live near the scene of this deadly explosion in naoma, west virginia. what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening. here at the upper big branch mine complex, short time ago, officials were bringing us up to date. not a lot of ee norm us headline material but they did confirm when they first punched threw the mine, atmosphere in there was as they feared and expected, contaminated badly with methane. if the four guys alive, they would only be alive if they m
on the scene in raleigh county, west virginia. back to you. -- we should know more about 6:30. >>> we'll carry a news conference live at 6:30 this morning. law enforcement officials say a foreign dip los alamitos from the qatar embassy here in the district was on board a united airlines flight when he tried to smoke in the bathroom. investigators say he made a joke about lighting his shoes on fire when he was asked about the smell of smoke. authorities didn't find any explosives. they say he wasn't trying to harm anybody. the embassy of qatar did release a statement saying in part he was certainly not engaged in any threatening activity. facts were revealed this ways mistake and we urge all concerned parties to avoid reckless judgments or speculation. >>> coming up next, virginiaance governor makes an apology over his decision to declare april confederate history month in the commonwealth. what was left out of his decree he called a major omission. >>> new information about the discussion among toyota's higher-ups before the company went public with problems about its accelerator pedal. we are
virginia local act striss gathered in fredericksburg and woodbridge. about 150 tea party activists came to hear mostly republican elected leaders rail against washington. the headliner here is former virginia governor and senator george allen. >> when we see up in washington, these days, are people that are disconnected. they are out of touch. they are about as clueless as hogs looking at a timex watch. >> reporter: it provides sleeg answer for the party activists' anger. november is coming. way my country back. their battle flag, revolutionary era don't tread on me. most say government spending and health care reform drew them to the tea party movement. >> it is time for the silent majority to stand up and say hey, folks, we are here, too. we deserve to be heard also. >> they are not representing me or this country. . when they choose for our laws t be passed, taxes go to abortion, which is murder of children, and they are not listening. they are not listening to anything. they are spending beyond belief. >> reporter: this woman says her biggest concern is the president himself. >> i t
enough evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest. >>> virginia's bob mcdon sell now among the governors across the country that have gotten threatening letters from an anti-government group. mcdonnell's office received a letter wednesday and turned it over to the fbi and state police. the governor and his family are safe. the letters prompted an increase in security for governors across the country. the fbi says the letters demand the governors leave office within three days or risk being removed. the group guardians of free republic is believed to have sent the letters. >> shift gears to something way more pleasant. that's the weather. oh, my goodness. what else do you say? >> our weather, jim and doreen, omrealg at the end of a long week. little exhausting week here. get your brightest of the bright easter colors out. they will shine this upcoming weekend. temperatures today in the 70s. low 70s. few locations that hit 80. raleigh, north carolina. close to 90 degrees. if have you travel plans, terrific weather for hitting the roads. no problems weatherwise. once you get there. oh, my g
in maryland and virginia. and it would repeal registration requirements. >>> we are following more breaking news this afternoon out of prince george's county at this hour. a school bus in college park snagged on some low-lying power lines and got tangled up in those lines. this is taking place in college park near the intersection of route 1 and guilford road. officials say there were about 40 students onboard heading home from hyattsville middle school. none of the students reportedly had been injured. crews were able to move the bus but the students are remaining onboard the bus until it is safe to get off again. this is happening in college park near the intersection of route 1 and guilford road. >> dicey situation there. >>> to our top story. bret michaels remains in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. doctors plan further testing to help pinpoint the source of the brain hemorrhage. that's keeping bret michaels in intensive care. >> michaels is a competitor on nbc's "celebrity apprentice." today the creator and star of the show donald trump, add
and was surrounded by a memorial. >>> tomorrow, federal investigators will arrive in west virginia to try to figure out what triggered a mine explosion that killed 29 miners. the investigation will focus on the direction of toxic gas and coal dust away from minors. a buildup is suspected of causing the blast -- and coal dust away from miners. >> if you ventilate, you do not have explosions. >> they received previous citations. the companies said they strive to be incompetent -- compliance with regulations at all time -- the company said that. >>> firefighters were called to a high school this afternoon with smoke coming from the roof. it was under one restoration, and so the students have been taking classes in trailers. there is no word on what caused the fire or how much damage was done. >>> speculation continues over who president barack obama will name for a retiring supreme court justice seat. they are looking to avoid a potential filibuster. >> i am not going to take off the table, but i think it can be easily avoided. >> there was a short list of possible nominees, including the solicitor ge
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virginia, our clergy is our grief counselors. we have, you know, these are tough people and they do it all. i don't know how to explain it. it's so different. the people, they're solid and they're coming together and they understand the depths of this. and family members, i told the family members, i said i know there's no use to tell you this, if you can go home and get some rest, i know they won't but if you need to change your clothes or whatever, you have a lot of information now until we get the first hole through to know what conditions we're dealing with and knowing that the rescue teams can go in or how quickly. so you're looking at maybe 12 plus hours for that. >> are any of the miners who got out still in the hospital? >> two. one in beckly and one in charleston. >> no one has briefed him yet. not that i know of. the only debriefing that's going on and the way that the four miners were identified is local rescuers who knew them. and people said, how come you haven't identified the other 14? there was a total of 18 unidentified. you identified four, why not the other 14? we had
underground again. steve handelsman is working our big story this afternoon live from naoma, west virginia. >> reporter: thanks. good afternoon from west virginia. today it is stormy. officials say that may be the cause of their setback. with the barometric drops, a lot of cold air rushes of the coal mine and left dangerous methane gas seep in through the cold. teach methane in the mine meant more drilling and more pumping as rescue teams feed a hasty retreat. >> this is a it setback. the worst of our three options from a rescue attempt. >> reporter: 32 rescuers had gotten the green light overnight and headed in. miles to go. but back on the surface, tech anythingnitions were getting bad readings. four miners could be taking shellingter, the air turned explosive. too much methane. officials worried about another blast like the one that killed 25 men monday and they pulled the rescue teams 500 feet short of their goal. >> a buildup of noxioknocknoxio we have to get it out of there. >> the atmosphere is not explosive. >> reporter: miner tommy davis survived monday's blast. his mother and his
had to do with electrical cable on piece of equipment. meanwhile, rescue crews in west virginia are working against the clock to try to find survivors from the disaster. let's get an update from correspondent jonathan hunt in montcoal, west virginia. >> reporter: the effort to find the four missing miners remains a main-stakingly slow process. not least because those in charge want to be absolutely certain they do not risk the lives of any of the rescue team members by sending them in to a mine still dangerously full of explosive gases. >> you just have to clear the area out, make sure there is not another explosion. >> reporter: officials say they are keeping the waiting families constantly briefed and have their support for the way they are proceeding with the rescue operation. >> that's why the families understood and were agreeable let's make sure that before you put rescuers in there, that you have them in the safest condition. >> reporter: the poisonous gases are already being released through one of the drill holes and the hope is that there will soon be three holes and t
says if he were to run again he believes he would win. >>> in west virginia, rescue officials say hopes of finding four missing miners are alive but are dwindling. still trying to get back inside the upper big branch mine where an explosion on monday killed at least 25 workers. steve handelsman is in raleigh county, west virginia, with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. pumped in nay throw general and put out the fire, sound of the mine overnight. for the fourth time, they sent back in the rescue crews, 2:30. we may hear something at 8:30. it might be definitive. almost nobody in this part of west virginia's holding out much hope because of what the rescue crews discovered overnight. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> no good when you -- let your hopes down. >> reporter: rescue teams had made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. and as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact, the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner you know
.c. >> aaron gilchrist, thank you. >>> more on the mining disaster in west virginia. still too dangerous for rescuers go inside that mine. authorities say that the levels of methane gas are too high. four miners remain missing after an explosion mob, killed 25 miners. and in the meantime, help from our area is on its way. members of sprint nextel's emergency response team loaded up this morning and bringing hundreds of cell phones and other devices to the mine to help authorities better communicate with each other. steve handelsman is there in naoma, west virginia, to tell bus what the scene is there now. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. certainly used an increase of cell power here. a lot of the families we speak to say they are having a hard time staying in touch. in the deep valleys in coal country in west virginia, they never had cell service. this is a place of intensity now. intense emotions and intense rescue efforts. let's talk about the first. we spoke a short time ago to a miner who was one of those who escaped on monday. this was during a shift change when the explosi
week. >> good to be back. it was cold this morning. scattered frost through central virginia and the central shenandoah valley all melted off quickly. now with the bright april sun, a beautiful blue sky. live view from the sky watcher camera. temperatures into the 50s now and it's in the low to mid 50s not only in washington but prince george's county, arlington, montgomery counties into the mid 50s. it's cooler right on the bay where there's a bit of a breeze on the bay, especially on the eastern side. winds making it feel quite chilly there. inland well into the 50s. the mountains bottomed out in the 30s there this morning. mid 50s throughout much of virginia and southeastern virginia. mid 50s. a clear sky will be with us throughout the rest of the day with high pressure over the region. so a sunny mild afternoon, not as breezy as it was over the weekend. still a bit of a blustery wind out of the northwest as highs climb into the mid 60s. we'll look at the weekend coming up in a few minutes. barbara. >> thank you. >>> and now steve hirschhorn has an update on our midday tra
>>> rescue teams re-entered a west virginia mine early this morning. >> what officials say is the missing miners' only chance of survival. >>> get ready for traffic trouble next week. some of the busiest commuter routes will be shut down as world leaders gather for the nuclear security summit. fox 5 morning news continues right now. >>> good morning to you. it is friday morning, april 9, 2010. a live look at the washington monument. i'm gurvir dhindsa. >> i'm steve chenevey. rough weather rolled through last night. the rain has cleared out. be prepared if a big change from the temperatures we have seen all week. those temperatures that were in the 90s just a day or so ago. we were outside enjoying the afternoon yesterday. you could literally just feel that change. >> when the wind picks it was r i was outside with my family. when the wind picked up, said here comes the front. we got some pretty good thunderstorms as you mention last night through the area. we have some heavy rain. reagan national, i'm pretty impressed because times their numbers are low. they got 3-7b9 26 i
mining policy? at least 25 dead in west virginia. any real chance of rescuing four potential survivors could not even have begun until tonight, because it's all cheaper that way. >>> also, an arrest in washington state of a man who allegedly threatened the life of a united states senator over the new health care laws. [ female announcer ] breathe right asks... [ woman ] could i ask you to strip on the street? absolutely! i have a lot of stuffiness at night. it wakes me up. i have allergies. ♪ you're right. i'm getting more air. -oh, yeah. -oh, wow! [ female announcer ] for two free samples, go to breatheright.com. >>> death threats against a u.s. senator because of how she voted on health care reform. and how a state attorney general was bribed or blackmailed into joining that frivolous lawsuit against it. another senator and top conservative columnist rip fox news claiming it can bias viewers and republicans who thought fox was working for them have learned they are working for fox. >>> new developments in worst persons in the weekend at bernie's case. the family that tried to board
, steve handelsman. he is live maoma, west virginia. >> reporter: the mood is grim because the news is bad. they couldn't drill that hole to get the camera down but got the fires down and now the rescue teams are headed back in. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> it is no good whenever at first you have to be deployed, lets your hopes down a little bit. >> reporter: rescue teams made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner, you know what i means when they saw that shelter had not been deployed. >> absolutely, yeah. it means that that was their last chance, refuge, and if it had not been taken, advantage of, then -- chances are, like i said, are slim to none that we are going to see those guys again. >> reporter: monday's explosion had been hot. fire still burned. blocking rescuers' way to the second chamber and were ordered out. >> it is very emotional for all the rescuers. w
to 25 after an explosion inside a mine in west virginia. four people are still reportedly trapped inside. the search has been stopped. pamela brown has the latest details. >> the outlook is becoming more grim. one safety official said it did not appear any survivors made it to a rescue chamber. rescue workers found one of two nearby chambers mt. >> if another explosion had occurred and with it would have lost 50 rescuers, it would have been just something unfathomable. " a buildup of methane gas in carbon monoxide prevented survivors to making it to the rescue chambers. at least 25 miners have been pronounced dead. they either died from the blast or from breathing in gas-filled air. some of the miners were leaving the site when the explosion occurred. it is too early to know the cause. the buildup of toxic gas has been a constant problem. >> that was pamela brown. it has been several years since the last major mine disaster here in the u.s. six miners and three rescuers were killed in utah. five people were killed in a kentucky mind. 12 people were killedn a methane explosion at the sago
search for four missing miners in west virginia. >> they are still holding out hope that the workers escaped the explosion and made it to an airtight chamber with extra oxygen and water. but the search continues this morning. let's get back to west virginia where will thomas has the latest for us. >> reporter: steve and allison, good morning. real progress this morning. about 4:55 a.m. rescuers reentered the mine to get to where the four miners are believed to be. they are advancing on a man trip and rail car and they will go 75% of the way. it is a five mile trek from the point of entry. some will be on foot. conditions will determine how quickly they can move forward. the 32 rescuers are using oxygen tanks but if the air quality becomes dangerous, meaning ideal for another explosion, they'll have to pull back or stop advancing. now this is a rescue effort so all of the rescuers are focused on trying to find the four missing miners. >> right now we're in the full rescue. rescue is basically that we have four unaccounted for. we want to make sure we are able to locate and hopefully b
of moments on the search for four missing miners in west virginia. families, holding on to hope for a miracle today. we're going to to look at the upper big branch mine, safety crews say crews are making some progress since monday's blast that killed at least 25. talking to someone about the risks they face in a moment stand by for that here. >>> in the meantime, there's new word of a major shift in foreign policy, reports say the white house is rewriting the document that identifies the biggest threat to national security, removing islamic references, including those that involve jihad and islamic extremism. that's an about face from the previous administration. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to america us -- to "america's newsroom". martha: that's going to get a lot of attention. good morning, bill, good morning, everybody at home, i'm martha maccallum, the obama administration has already sort of shunned the phrase the war on terror, so widely used burg the -- during the bush administration. sources say this new change in the language, wee moving that word, islamic, with
the four miners missing in west virginia did not survive the deadly explosion. where their bodies were found. >>> the grandmother of an adopted russian boy packs his bags, puts him on a plane to moscow alone. now her decision is sparking outrage on both sides of the globe. >>> and the scandal that rocked his life hasn't hurt his golf swing, tiger woods is near the top of the leader board at the masters. rafer weigel tells us what woods needs to do to win another green jacket. >>> you're watching hln on this saturday, april 10th. glad you're with us, i'm susan hendricks. >>> we begin in west virginia where the search for those four missing miners has come to a tragic end. rescue workers found the miners' bodies last night. a mine safety official says rescuers actually passed the bodies on earlier trips into the mine, but conditions inside the shaft were so bad, they couldn't see the miners until last night. families, of course, were hoping the miners were waiting for rescue in one of the underground safety chambers, but west virginia's governor said this. >> none of the chambers had bee
northern west virginia. that's associated with the weather front. it is a weak front but again moving away from our area. we will clear out later tonight and we will clear out and more sunshine tomorrow. one more dry day before we go into this pattern of wet weather across the area. there you can see some showers up around hagerstown. we had a few around fredericksburg. those are now gone. they made their way east and out of here. the big system that i talked about, look at this. producing snow showers, now some thunderstorms where some of that moisture is finally running north out of the gulf of mexico with drier air to the north and it will be producing more severe weather across the plains. let me take you to colorado right now. this is near the denver area. bennett, colorado, where you may think colorado got more snow. in fact, several inches of marble-sized hail around the area yesterday afternoon and these storms did cause flooding across state and you know what, more severe weather is expected there tomorrow. again, this is a big system. large system that's going to affect -- many,
been a border battle between virginia and west virginia. it's been settled now. but the problem came about after a subdivision was built and a school and fire department questioned the dividing line. this is at the crest of a mountain. and after a land survey, west virginia gained a few feet. >>> could legalizing marijuana be on just for medical use boost the economy? we'll take a look ahead. >>> and you've heard about the s.e.c. employees spending quite a bit of time looking at pornography on the job while wall street suffered. but what is it that drives people to try this risky behavior at the workplace. lisa van sustern comes up after the break. >>> and after the break we'll get the latest weather from tony and the traffic from charlie. 7:27, 54 degrees out there. e >>> some encouraging news about brett michaels. the rocker now awake. the poison front man complained of what he said was an excruciating headache thursday night. well it turns out he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. he's been in critical condition. doctors are still trying to find out the source of the bleeding. h
a surprise stop off in her first solo international trip. >>> and west virginia governor calling for an independent investigation into the deadly mine explosion. >>> and coming up next, the district looking to raise parking fees and fines to raise much-needed revenue for the city. officials say it's to help encourage good driving but triple-a said it's unfair. lon anderson from triple-a atlantic will join us to explain that view. time now 7:11. it's 45 degrees.  [ female announcer ] hurry! get to the jcpenney lowest prices of the season sale! and for jcp rewards members only: earn a $10 reward certificate for every 50 you spend, $20 for every 100, and $30 for every 150 -- no limits! plus, don't miss doorbusters. discover how low low can go with $4.99 junior's tops and 60% off st. john's bay polos for him. classic towels are just $2.99. and all kids' swimwear is 55% off. go to jcp.com to see everything on sale. jcpenney. the risk-takers. the visionaries. the entrepreneurs... who put it all on the line to build and run their own businesses. at at&t, we know something
irene height was born in 1912 in richmond, virginia. but at the age of 4, she moved with her family to ranken, pennsylvania, where she spent most of her childhood. with her outstanding school record and many awards for exceptional oratory skills, she landed a scholarship that took her to new york university and earned both bachelors and masters degrees there in just four years. her work career began as a casework wert new york city welfare department and she soon became an active lead nerts struggle for equal reitz for both women and african-americans. her magazines nat commitment to the fight for equality led her to work for the desegregation of the armed forces, reform of the criminal justice system and for access to public accommodations for all people. for more than 40 years, dorothy height served as president of the national council of negro women. she has received 36 honorary doctorate deees. from some of the country's most outstanding colleges and universities. one of those honorary degrees came from barnard college in new york where she, many years ago, was turned away when
degrees. warmer to the west, 80 in west virginia, roanoke with 78 degrees. tomorrow, the system will clear the region, and easter sunday has high temperatures in the mid 70's. home opener at nationals park monday afternoon. wind out of the south tonight, 5 to 10 mph. no worry about the overcast. scattered clouds, 50's into 60's, and by the afternoon, uond 70 degrees. here's the outlook, showing temperatures going into the 80's tuesday, 80 wednesday, shower chance on thursday, cooler by the end of theee overall, great weather for the cherry blossoms. >> spring training is over in florida for the washington nationals. we will show you how things are >> the toyota sports segment, brought to you by your local toyota dealer. >> one interesting roster move before the national kick things off will involve garrett, winning the no. 5 starters position. syracuse has the start of the season. and a final tuneup before ening day, we've got the first pitch, boston red sox in town for this one. kevin going to the yard, 2-0 red sox. very next inning, j.d. drew again launching a towering blast to the upper
obama attend a memorial for the miners killed and the west virginia explosion. >>> trapped in the trance of their shopping routine, some people don't notice the difference between meat and mystery when they enter... ...the frozen zone is it real chicken? or something else? some chicken nuggets and tenders look like they have mystery meat. with my perdue frozen nuggets, there is no mystery. just real all-white meat, made with 100% natural ingredients, no fillers, no preservatives, and a delicious taste your family will love. perdue frozen chicken. all-white meat. no mystery. >>> taking a look at tonight's top stories, president obama attended a memorial in west virginia for the 29: miners killed in the deadly explosion earlier this month. the president promised family members and friends that americans would honor those who died by improving safety in coal mines. >>> people in the south are cleaning up the damage left by deadly tornadoes. twisters touched down in seven states, killing at least 10 people. mississippi was the hardest hit by the storm, which hamas blevins. the governor has d
around. at the wilson bridge, traffic slowing out of virginia into 295 in the local lanes, the problem is the crash northbound at the suitland parkway. right side is still blocks and this is the jam and delays from maryland out of 295 and all of the traffic north into southeast washington. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. >>> making headline this is morning, bridges and roads around the country in disrepair and the problem is going to get worse and it's going to get more dangerous. this is the finding of a new report just out for the u.s. public interest research group and joining us with more on the bridge and road conditions here, john creeker with the public interest group. thanks for joining us this morning, john. >> thank you. >> and let's talk about the problem in general. research that went into this found what when it comes to the condition of our roads and bridges? >> the purpose of this report was that take a look comprehensively about the nation's bridges and roads around the country and to find the reason based on the political pressures that lead to the roads
our affiliates in richmond, virginia, and tampa, florida. >> florida's coastline gets an unexpected ally in barack obama. >> this announcement came as a shock especially to environmentalists. the president today announced his support for exploring and drilling for oil much closer to florida beaches. >> so today we're announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration. but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect america's natural resources. >> this map shows you where drilling is currently allowed. this sort of beige area there. the red sections represent the new areas the president wants to open up. as you can see, much closer to florida's east coast and west coast. if congress agrees, oil derricks could go up just about 125 miles off the beaches, down from the current limit of 234 miles. an anti-drilling protest had already been scheduled in st. petersburg. it was sheer coincidence that the president made this announcement today. the message from our gulf coast communities is pretty clear. any risk of an oil spill is unac
through the upper big branch coal mine in west virginia, searching for four missing miners since a blast killed 25 colleagues on monday, the worst mining disaster we've seen in this country in a generation. rescuers were waiting to enter the mine until four venation shafts were drilled, that would release the dangerous methane gas and carbon monoxide. -- too unsafe to go inside at that point, but now it's better. the community is devastated, mining is their lifeblood. the family and friends in that town, holding out hope for the missing and grieving, meanwhile, for the 25 confirmed dead. >> we knew them all, grew up with the young ones, many of the older ones. great bunch of people, kids. it's just a shame something like this has to happen. >> i want everybody to know, he was a good guy, he was the best dad in the world. >> we had an -- we had an 18-year-old cousin in there, and it was a shift change and he got out, but we did know three others that died. west virginians are strong and resilient people, and in times of tragedy and in times of need, we pull together to give and to be here
the mine country in raleigh county, west virginia, shook with an all too familiar sound. at least six miners dead, 21 more unaccounted for, and one is in intensive care at a hospital nearby after an underground explosion at the upper big branch mine. at this point even camera crews have not reached the area and obviously we're relying on visual aids and graphics of this sort. the plant's owners massey energy providing no details about this explosion except to say that five trained rescue teams from its company and a second company are now on the scene trying to get to these trapped miners, believed to be trapped miners. the upper big branch, just 100 miles from the scene of the 2006 disaster of the sago mine offer some hope of recovery if there has been survival after the explosion. it has cache's of extra oxygen and air-tight so-called refuge chambers along emergency escape routes that could keep trapped miners if there are trapped miners alive to keep them alive for as long as four days. details are limited at this hour as are illustrations. we'll bring them to you as become availab
teachers in new york display a very questionable sense of humor. hope is about gone in west virginia. in the search for survivor of the terrible mine disaster. >> chris: nuen funerals began today for some of the victims of the mining disaster in west virginia monday and the hope for finding survivors is growing dimmer. correspondent molly henneberg is in montcoal, west virginia. >> reporter: today supporters let the passerbys know they're pulling for four still unaccounted for miners. >> we still hold out hope. we are a brotherhood. we will hold out hope until we prove them wrong. >> for rescue teams, another frustrating day. >> not a lot has gone our way. >> reporter: the first rescue team this morning was turned back by stokes of a fire. and they bore another hole in the mind to drop down a camera and see if the four missing miners could be in the last fe fuge chamber -- refuge chamber but the hole hit a pill lear. >> we could put a jammer in it but there would be nothing to see. >> by mid-afternoon it appeared the air was safe enough for two rescue teams to go back in. as the tigh
wants to reverse a ban on offshore drilling. areas off the coast of maryland and virginia could be included. speaking at andrews air force base, the president said the decision is part of a new energy strategy signed to reduce our imports of foreign oil. fox 5's tom fitzgerald has more on the drilling decision. >> reporter: at andrews air force base in prince george's county, maryland, president obama staking out a new claim on energy independence. >> so today, we are announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gags exploration. >> reporter: the president's plan includes opening up east coast offshore areas that have be off limits to drilling including virginia and maryland. >> drilling alone can't come close to meeting our long-term energy needs. and if the sake of our planet and our energy independence, we need to begin the transition to cleaner fuels now. >> reporter: it is a change of policy that moves the president closer to the position of drilling advocates. >> part of that vision is coming true today. >> reporter: virginia governor bob mcdonnell, whose state boasts 112
to reach four miners trapped underground in west virginia. 25 miners died at the explosion in west virginia. now crews are cleaning -- clinging to hope the remaining miners have survived. >> their families are facing a harrowing ordeal waiting to hear word on their loved ones. will, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. crews are now focused on drilling these ventilation holes to get rid of this methane that's built up so they can get rescuers back inside the mine and get to these four missing miners. they're digging about a thousand feet deep, a total of four holes and they're concentrating on an area that's about 20 feet wide by about a thousand feet long. officials tell us there is a chamber in this general area and if one or more of these missing miners were able to make it inside of this chamber and seal themselves off they could sur five for four days. >> the worst thing in the world we could do now is put rescue teams in harm's way. the bravest people in the world and the hardest working. but so, yeah, we want to make sure that they don't get themselves in a situation to wh
for appliances starts today in maryland and coming soon to virginia and then the district. we'll take a closer look at how this all works coming up this morning. >> we'll find out more in a minute. >>> right now let's find out about the forecast for today and the fog out there. >> good morning to both of you. the fog is the lead story this morning as far as the weather goes. it is very dense in some areas. you can barely see in front of you and because of that we have a dense fog advisory in place. some of my coworkers this morning describing it as the worst fog they've seen in quite sometime. so all of the areas under a dense fog advisory until 9:00 and visibility down to a quarter mile in much of the region and less. i mentioned on my drive to work, and that was extremely early, i could only see about 30 feet in front of me at some locations. so it's pretty thick out there. here is a look at the current teams at the airport. 52 at reagan national. 49 at dulles. 47 at bwi marshall. a look at sat-rad will show you we have improving conditions. after we get this fog out of the way, we'll have a
, virginia, 49 degrees. baltimore is at 51. hagerstown, 48. and in culpeper it is 43 degrees at this hour. here is what we're looking at for today. partly sunny skies, temperature right around normal. our average high for today 69 degrees. we're looking for a high of about 70 degrees today so not bad. i'll give you details about the weekend and when we expect to see rain showers and thunderstorms coming up in just a little bit. right now let's get a check on traffic with lauren demarco. i'll do the weather and you can do the traffic. >>> things looking good in montgomery county. earlier there were delays out of frederick, things looking better there but we still do have delays with volume past germantown. we have this heavy volume through silver spring on the outer loop. we had reports of an accident on new hampshire avenue. nothing checked out there. your travel lanes should be open, just volume delays leaving college park through silver spring. also watch for an accident southbound georgia avenue leaving the beltway and delays southbound connecticut as well as you leave the beltway. and
iran. live from prague. >>> after days of waiting in west virginia, full rescue mode. looking for four miners. will it be rescue or recovery. today could be the day we get an answer. families prepare for the worst. we're going to have cnn's john roberts from naoma, west virginia in just a minute. >>> and kyrgyzstan, with possible problems for the u.s. and afghanistan. you see, the u.s. has a major air base there used for transit, for troops and equipment. the president has fled that started over rising fuel rates. we'll get more on what's happening in afghanistan coming up in ten minutes. >>> it's back in the hole for four rescue teams at that west virginia mine. 32 rescuers looking for four miners, looking, praying, hoping for signs of life. the teams went in just about hour fours ago. cnn's john roberts is right there in naoma. john, what are you hearing about the efforts? >> reporter: we're hearing they're proceeding fairly well at this point. the miners giving the advancement that they were making over the last few hours probably have to be pretty close to that area. it's very deep
that west virginia mine where 25 workers died so the search can begin again for those four missing miners. the sister of one of those missing speaks out in a live terview this morning. >>> how did she know? new evidence including secret jailhouse letters in the casey anthony case. prosecutors say it shows the florida mother knew specific details of her 2-year-old daughter's murder before police told her about them. >>> and royal wedding? is prince william finally set to announce his long-awaited engagement to girlfriend kate middleton? speculation sweeping in from across the atlantic "today," wednesday, april 7th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. >>> the frantic round-the-clock work in west virginia has not stopped. crews try desperately to reach those four missing miners that's been more than a day and a half after monday's explosion that killed 125 others. >> right now teams are working as fast as they can. we understand they completed one of those ventilation hole
in the last half hour from the effort to track down four missing miners in west virginia, that video shows crews working on the vent holes they need to get toxic gases out of the mine shaft. rescue workers have also been banging on pipes, sending sound signals deep down into the chamber where the men are believed to be trapped. so far, however, there have been no signs of life. governor joe manchin is not giving up hope. >> when they decided to drill a third hole, the reason for that, the first hole went so fast and so well, if the third hole with the big rig they have there, they can get these three down, they could be venting a lot better and pulling more air out, and if you will, decanterring that area quicker. megyn: live pictures from the scene, where at least 25 miners are confirmed dead. the remaining four are believed to be holed up about a thousand feet below the surface. we are live on site with what is next in the rescue effort, about 20 minutes from now. stay with us for that. >>> we are also watching the federal courthouse in philadelphia at this moment, the woman known as jih
week they opened virginia's coastal areas for off shore drilling that mostly is delayed until 2012. you know the environmentalists who had more time to switch, they are so concerned about the world's vierntment they would rather see other countries develop more resources than develop their regulations. they would rather see the other countries develop. this gives them more time to sue. meanwhile the northeast atlantic coast is closed, alaska's oversees, the next priewdo bay is canceled, drilling along the pacific coast with 10 million barrels of oil >> now we are going to study -- more study of the south atlantic and parts of the gulf of mexico, areas that have been studied to death. apparent lit interior department reviewed 50 studies and decided the government needs more studies to collect dust on the shelf. as a governor and oil and gas commissioner and care of the nation's interstate compact commission, i have seen so many studies. let's send the white house this message. we can save taxpayer time, save money and announce there is oil and gas down there and we can produce it safely.
read in the papers is that virginia, arlington county are proposing to step up to the plate and they should be commended. now only if we could get d.c. and maryland on board, a lot of the problems would be solved. >> if you would like more information on the hearings go to myfoxdc.com and click on web links. >>> there are budget troubles for maryland which could mean more unpaid days off for state workers. later today lawmakers will begin debate. it calls to skip cost of living increases, merit pay and they are not asked to shift teacher pension costs in the coming years. >>> two d.c. councilman are entering the run to fill the position of chairman. the announcements come one day after chairman vincent gray announced he will run for mayor and must give up the seat. >>> coming up, we'll talk with adrian fenty about the announcement. >>> and a look behind 3-d television and how it will bring the feeling to your home. >>> and cherry blossoms at the peak right now. clearwaters, great reflection this morning. sticaround for tuckers forecast coming up. ♪ >>> 11 minute
people are dead after an explosion at a west virginia coal mine. joining us jeff jenkins. what is the latest? >> reporter: kevin strickland with the federal mine safety health administration and the state office of homeland security director have just briefed reporters down at the mining scene. they say the rescue efforts are continuing for the 19 unaccounted ford miners. they have hope maybe these miners have gotten into an underground emergency rescue chamber. you may remember after the sego disaster four years ago several new regulations went in. one required mines to have these rescue chambers. we've talked to a minor who works at this mine. they have the inflatable-type of chambers. if they were able to reach that, they would have 96 hours of oxygen. that would be great news if they were able to reach that right now search efforts continue to get into where the miners are. >> greta: do i understand from what you are saying that no contact has been made we don't know if they are alive or some? any noise at all from below that could be transmitted to the surface? >> reporter
in an explosion at the massey upper big branch mine in west virginia. poor ventilation and buildup of methane gas believed to have been factors. there's a history of safety violations at the mine which the president calls troubling. the president had a stern message for companies that he says aren't doing enough. >> failure first and foremost of management but also a failure of oversight and in a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes they allowed unsafe conditions to continue. >> president obama asked the secretary of labor to streamline the rules that prove mining company committed a pattern of violations. the move would help the mine's safety agency pinpoint ongoing problems. >>> new at 4:00, time is about to expire on cheap parking in the city of alexandria. city leaders there are planning to raise parking rates this fall. they could go up as much as 75 cents above the current $1 per hour rate. officials also tell us they want to increase the number of parking spaces in old town. extend the hours that meters can be in force and install credit card friendly parking kiosks. it is all in an e
french teacher stuck in virginia said it was a learning opportunity. she had a chance it find out more about the civil war. she call her extended layover a great pleasure, just a little bit too long. >>> today is the 40th anniversary of earth day. a big rally planned for the national mall on sunday. thousands are expected for the earth day climate rally which starts at 11:00 sunday morning and it runs all day. >>> did you run into a little trouble with your computer yesterday. we'll have details on a software glitch that caused computers across the country to reboot repeatedly. soy a good excuse to redo your kitchen. why the government may give you some cash to get rid of those old appliances. v >>> president barack obama heading to new york later this morning to drum up support for an overhaul of the financial industry. the president will talk with students at cooper union college not far from wall street. the white house says the president's speech will remind americans what is at stake in reforming the financial system. >>> so we had cash to clunkers. now get ready fo
and there were no explosives found eastchester minutes from now, crews in west virginia will head to the collapsed mine and resume the search if four men. authorities say the air quality in that mine is good but once the crews are inside, if conditions are not safe, they will retreat again. they will head into the mine an hope it reach the chamber where the miners may be located around 7:00 this morning. >>> in sports, the washington nats are still looking for the first win of the season. they lost to the philadelphia phillies last night. the same two teams wrap up that series later today. >>> it is a very special morning here on fox 5 today. our own steve chenevey sat down yesterday with first lady michelle obama if a one-on-one interview and so stay with us throughout the morning. we'll run some of the segments if that interview and here is a little fwlims of what steve found when he talked with the first lady -- a little begins of what steve found when he talked with the first lady. >> do you consider yourself a washingtonian yet? >> it feels like home. i don't want to be too p
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